Spectacle, 48” x 36”, mixed media on canvas, 2019 🎈 Join us tonight for Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist Group show @joshualinergallery 6-8pm in New York. Each gallery artist has invited another artist they admire to accompany their work in the show- in which case I invited @emma_webster_art. See you tonight!
This morning I went straight from the airport to the studio. As Chuck Close said- Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.
Revisiting this mural I completed in Napa Valley Last summer as I plan for my next few big projects.
I love the energy that the constant creation and color gives to the space, especially against the minimal aesthetic of the loft. It feels like a living, breathing entity. A cycle of turning nothing into something. - From my home/studio feature in Dwell Magazine In 2017. Photo by @margaretaustin_photo.
Neighbor # 2, mixed media on canvas, 42” x 84” 2019
I’ve been a little quiet lately but finding this time mostly alone in the studio extremely valuable. I’m rethinking my painting tools and experimenting with concepts I’ve had on hold for too long. Someone asked me how that feels yesterday and I thought - it’s exhilarating, frustrating, sometimes lonely, and also gratifying. Each day my paintings lift me up into a state of high when it’s going ‘right’ and then before I know it, they drop me- put me back in my place and remind me to keep searching. 📸 @margaretaustin_photo
Desert studio rendering No.1 - When I was living in Baltimore as an undergrad, I stumbled upon a book at MICA’s library about Georgia O’Keeffe and her desert home/studio. The vision of a remote structure, built to focus specifically on creative pursuits away from the city stuck with me. I’m pinching myself now as my own desert studio inches closer to reality. My favorite aspect is that the back of the house and studio is entirely windows- blurring the indoor and outdoor space. Compliments to our architect, @ryanleidner
Here’s a photo I took in my studio in 2017. I was hungry for color during this time. Things are shifting in my practice and smaller bursts of color seem to have more of an impact. Remnants from these paintings remain on my walls- the left over drips and marks that strayed away from the canvas have now become references for new works.
“Chelsea # 37”, monoprint, 30” x 22”, 2019 - I can’t wait to work with @marginaleditions again. Working on this series of monoprints in New York made me rethink several aspects to my practice like how I organize select color palettes in advance.
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. - Joan Didion, New York Times archives 1976
“Proximity To The Ocean”, mixed media on canvas, 56” x 72”, 2016
Now that my mural is complete @google, we did a 3D scan of the room so that I could continue painting digitally in virtual reality. The result will be a component of the mural that you can only see on a phone in augmented reality. One of the big hurdles for me is learning how to paint in VR. Like most things, it takes time and practice to get used to this new method of working.
Next Sunday I will be speaking on an artist panel at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art where we will discuss aspects of our studio practice such as residencies, schedules, business and maintaining artistic principles. I hope to see you there! Link in bio for a ticket. @sanjoseica 📸 @mallory.ryan.kimmel
“It’s a Requirement To Disappear # 4- # 19” 💫 Meticulously built custom frames by @small.works.sf.
Work in progress this afternoon
Chelsea #14, monoprint, acrylic and silver leaf on paper, 2019
For the past few months I’ve been working as a @google Artist in Residence, where I’ve had the honor of partnering with Google’s engineers and designers. This week I’m painting a 100 ft physical mural that we will bring to life via augmented and virtual reality. I’m excited to be part of this collaborative process that’s at the forefront of art + technology. @lifeatgoogle 📹 @gracemaryhoyt #googlearvr
Over the weekend I flew out to Joshua Tree with architect @ryanleidner to finalize plans for the construction of me and @chase.mcbride’s desert home and studio. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the heavy rains in recent months have given way to swaths of vivid wild flowers on our land! Construction starts very soon. 💫
This month marks 6 years of living in San Francisco and May will mark 5 years since I made the leap into painting full time. Time flies when you work hard. Thank you for the continuing support and interest in my practice, it means the world. 📸 @domingo_robledo
Back from Los Angeles and working in the studio.
With social media, the question is often whether or not galleries are a necessary part of the equation for an artist today. Galleries (the good ones) are a crucial aspect to community and allow more time for artists to focus. They bridge the gap between the artist’s studio and the collector allowing public spaces for work to be experienced. Seeing art in real life is good for you. If you don’t like it, then I would say that makes for a more intriguing conversation. — Proud to have my paintings in @hashimotocontemporary’s 2018 catalogue featuring the stellar program of artists the gallery has exhibited over the past year.
“Sometimes I Mirror You # 2”, mixed media on paper, 30” x 22”, 2018
A couple months back I had the honor of getting a private tour of Ellsworth Kelly’s Studio in upstate New York. - Once in the studio, and attempting to rebound from the shock of being in the place of conception for so many artworks I’ve seen on museum walls, I noticed a corner that was left untouched ever since Kelly passed. A small, blank canvas hung from a one-by-two with paint splatters cascading across the wall behind it. I could have stood there for hours, observing the subtle ridges in the tiny canyons of refuse oil paint. - Link in bio to read more.
Work in progress 💥
What Are You Doing This Weekend, mixed media on canvas, 48” x 56”, 2017
I still think about the sound my graphite made drawing on top of those boulders. It had a hollow, gritty noise not too different from the river. Photo by @dibbledibble.
My second @youtube mural - thankful for open minded collectors that allow me to paint without knowing the final outcome. @jensen_architects + @pt.2gallery
I admire ambitious women who forge their own path, including the duo behind the @beyondthestudio podcast. It was an honor to sit down with them and have a conversation about the realities of being a full time fine artist and my experience building community. Listen to the full interview on Spotify, iTunes etc. Photo by @margaretaustin_photo
Saturday is the last day to see ‘Pour’ @joshualinergallery in New York- a two person show with my paintings alongside the powerful work of @kathrynmac. 💫 “Pour explores a dynamic approach to painting, characterized by the pouring and pushing of paint on and across the canvas. Embracing experimentation and chance, both artists create abstract paintings that study light, color, and movement. Macnaughton and Day have a complex and intuitive handling of paint, balancing raw expression with restraint. Each artist builds upon Abstract Expressionism’s gestural marks and expressive potential for color, adding their own personal narratives.”
Small works are like notes for bigger paintings. They can happen fast like a deep breath or a sudden thought.
I believe that color is ingrained in us, whether we can fully see it or not - it’s always there. I collect moments of both synesthetic color and color that’s really there to bring it back to my studio and dissect. It’s often emotional. It’s often personal. But, that’s usually where the meaningful stuff lies. — Link in bio read more about my recent artist residency.
Today I ordered Play-doh off of amazon as an attempt to incorporate more experiment and play into my studio practice. For those of you that want to know what I do during the day, now you have it. 🤸🏼♀️ Are You Serious # 6 + Chatham # 3, mixed media on paper, 30” x 22”, 2019 💫 on view @joshualinergallery.
Setting aside time for the residency was a big deal for me. It seemed like a rare gift to focus on a new body of work, free from any distractions. That meant completely silencing components of my practice I’ve grown accustomed to like meetings, emails, and phone calls. I started planning for the residency six months in advance, blocking out my schedule and finishing up paintings so I could have a singular focus in Chatham. ❄️ Read my latest essay on my blog about my month long artist residency @the_macedonia_institute. Link in bio.
Every mark I make is a reaction to the previous. It’s a physical process and I work on several pieces at once, careful to allow each painting time to settle before making the next decision. The negative space in my work is equally as important as the marks my body is making. - ‘Pour’ is on view @joshualinergallery until February 23rd.
Dusting off my sketchbooks and bringing that process back into my routine. I’ve been keeping sketchbooks since I was 12 but if you were to look through my archives you’d see an inconsistent pattern of gaps in each year. I’ll carry them with me religiously for several months on end and eventually it’s as though I lost interest. Looking back through, I’ve found I would put the sketchbook away when I was ready dive into bigger paintings. I wanted to rest my mind when I wasn’t in the studio, rather than always being on.
These paintings will live on a ship and will likely travel more places than I will see in my lifetime. 🚢
I relish working on large compositions because it completely consumes me and I have no choice but to be completely present. In trade, I hope visitors have a similar experience.
It was so nice to be home for an entire week! Tomorrow I’m flying to the Midwest to jury The Student Independent Art exhibition and give a talk on my work at The Cleveland Institute of Art on Feb 8th at 12:30pm. The talk will be at The Peter B. Lewis Theater @cleinstituteart and is open to the public.
Audio books, tea and painting kind of Monday. Enjoying the space to paint more and talk less this week.
Still buzzing from the energy of Thursday night’s opening @joshualinergallery. Thank you to all of the wonderful people that came out. Your support means a lot. ‘Pour’ is on view in Chelsea until February 23rd. #joshualinergallery #kathrynmacnaughton #heatherday
Proximity To The Ocean # 7 1/2, mixed media on canvas, 42” x 30”, 2018